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We are the Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis. We are building & growing the Reds support here in the Circle City. Every match you can find the Indy Reds us at our own Indy Anfield, Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple. -YNWA-

Red Tardis. Derby Week.

Welcome to Derby Week Indy Reds!!! We’ve got another really good edition of The Red Tardis in store for you today. It went over really well last week, looks like you guys really enjoyed it. So I will let Indy Red Bryan take it away…

 

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Welcome again to another edition of the Red Tardis, a vehicle for Indy Reds to examine the incredible history of LFC… and what a week to have a Tardis handy – Derby Week! European nights may have more glitz and glamour, matches against Manchester United more important when it comes to league titles or comparing silverware totals, but no match is quite like Liverpool v Everton. It is the longest running top flight derby match in England, having been contested every year since 1962. The first match between these rivals? October 13, 1894.

 

Longevity is not the Merseyside Derby’s only claim to fame however. It is one of the only European derby matches without total seating segregation. Reds and Blues alike will be mixed in all over the ground. Families commonly have a mixture of Blues and Reds, and despite the immense passion displayed during the match and throughout the season, generally Reds and Blues get along like no other rival supporters in any major league in the world. Although that seems a bit hyperbolic, the match was called “The Friendly Derby” for decades. More on that later. Recently, the match has intensified, with more red cards than any other match in the Premier League era.

This Saturday will mark the 223rd Merseyside Derby, including leagues and cups. Liverpool has 89 wins, Everton 66, with 67 draws. Liverpool have outscored their Stanley Park neighbors 312 to 255. The two clubs are true neighbors, with the two grounds nearly within sight of each other.

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Into the Red Tardis then, but to which fixture? Dozens of Merseyside Derby’s have produced memorable moments such as the 1984 League Cup Final, when Reds and Blues all over the Wembley chanted “Merseyside! Merseyside! Are you watching Manchester?”

How about the 1999 home match when Robbie Fowler, responding to tabloid press rumors of drug use (presumed at the time to have been started by Evertonians) scored in front of the main Everton section and celebrated his goal by pretending to “snort” the white end line next to the goal. TWICE!
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He received a 6 match ban and was fined £32,000. Manager Gerard Houllier gave the farcical explanation that Fowler was mimicking a “eating the grass” celebration Fowler learned from Cameroonian defender Rigobert Song. Whatever Gerard.

Ian Rush once scored four goals in a 1982 match at Goodison Park, and that feat became part of the lyrics of “Scouser Tommy” which is still sung today, commemorating that memorable 5-0 thrashing.

If you have never seen Gary McAllister’s free kick in the 2001 match at Goodison Park, stop what you are doing and YouTube it right now. It’s an astonishing piece of improvisation and millimeter perfect placement – from more than 40 yards, in the 90th minute. One of the greatest LFC goals of all time.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that despite all the heated rivalry between these two clubs, an immeasurable amount of respect is in place here. Families separate for 90 minutes and then immediately join up again. Same with spouses, mates, co-workers, etc. Everton’s support after Hillsborough in 1989 is certainly the best example of the unique relationship between the two, and the LFC has not only thanked the Blues recently with a Kop card mosaic before a match, they invited Everton manager Roberto Martinez to speak at the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Ceremony. Speaks volumes.

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But the Red Tardis today takes us to what is probably the greatest Merseyside Derby of all time, the 1989 FA Cup Final.

Liverpool won the re-arranged Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest after the match at Hillsborough was tragically abandoned, and found Everton waiting for them at Wembley. John Aldridge put the Reds ahead with their first attack of the day. That lone goal appeared to be a cup winner, until the Blues scored in the 90th minute and thousands of Evertonians invaded the Wembley pitch in jubilation/disbelief. Have you ever watched a match that was 1-0 in the 90th minute end up 3-2? This one did, and it rightfully holds the top spot when ranking Merseyside Derby moments. Liverpool fans get their time to invade the pitch as well. With the death of the 96 still fresh in everyone’s mind, this match was unforgettable for many reasons. Enjoy, YNWA. Bryan @BryanSTL

Thanks Bryan! Great Stuff again! Derby is always a great match.

Yesterday LFC opened up their Capital One/League Cup journey v Middlesbrough. 17 year old Jordan Rossiter on his debut opened up the scoring.

What a great moment for the local young kid who started off in the U-6 academy with LFC.
Boro though would pull one back and it was tied 1-1 after 90min. Suso would score in extra time but then surprise surprise Boro equalized again in Extra time. So Shootout time.
Yes 14-13 on penalties, crazy! Even Mignolet scored. Kolo had a rocket too.  LFC move on to the next round. Hopefully that energy comes back quick for some of the boys for the Derby Saturday.

Hopefully LFC can get their defensive woes sorted before this weekend and the upcoming Champions League match. Early kickoff time 7:45am Indy Reds. Get out to Union Jack Pub to support your Redmen and to support the fine owners at UJ’s who are nice enough to wake up early on a weekend and open their business so that we are able to all congregate together and watch some Poetry In Motion. So get out there and pack Indy Anfield and get your weekend started right with LFC getting 3 points.

I apologize for the lack of match updates last weekend for the West Ham match(I’m sure you were happy about it since it was a crap game anyway) I was out of town with my family and didn’t have a backup in place for the match.

 

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus. West Ham.

Welcome back Indy Reds (and Reds worldwide) we’ve got another great Indy Red Fan Focus for you. This week we’ll be featuring an Indy Red I’m sure you’ve seen out at Union Jack’s and also he has helped guest on our Twitter account (might be helping a lot more come this fall on Twitter)

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Name: Boback Lotfalian

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?  People always ask me for help picking a premier league team to support, and I always respond “You don’t choose a club, the club chooses you,” and I truly believe that.  I’ve always been a fan of the premier league in general as a league ever since Fox Sports Net used to have a two hour premier league review highlight show every Sunday night.  That then blossomed to Fox Sports World showing premier league games on the weekend.  I would tune in as often as I could for any game with no specific team in mind, but that changed, and then gradually over time I found myself urging on Liverpool.  That transitioned to being emotionally invested in the result, to not being able to miss a match by any means, and watching the season unfold via crappy internet streams since FSC only showed 1 or 2 games a weekend.

First LFC memory? Tuning in to Fox Sports Net on Sunday nights as a freshman or sophomore in high school to watch a Match of the Day-esque type highlight show and seeing the likes of Owen and a young Stevie G.

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Favorite LFC memory?  Singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Anfield.  Also, a proper pregame for the match at “The Park”  pub across from the KOP, bouncing and singing my voice horse until the final whistle.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Last Christmas I got some LFC dress socks from my parents.  I’ve worn them for every match in 2014, and results have seemed to have gone swimmingly since, so I’ll stick with that for now.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was watching at my parents’ house during summer break from college.  I remember turning it off at halftime and moving to my room, and turned it on my little 18” TV next to my bed as I lay down right as the comeback started.  I squinted to watch the rest of the match, but I couldn’t move.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Steven Gerrard.  Heroes come and go, but legends stay.  I’ve always had a love affair with the star striker on teams.  Growing up my favorite player was the Brazilian Ronaldo, so I’ve had my absolute highs and lows as Fernando and Luis have both won and broke my heart.  It makes you appreciate the skipper more and more, and he never lets you down.  History proves that when he’s on the pitch, LFC can never truly be counted out of any contest.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I think Jamie Carragher would be very entertaining to sit down with.  Him and Stevie together would probably be a dream dinner with all the banter back and forth.  I’ve developed an ear for scouse, so I’m confident I would be able to make out 99% of what they say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I like when they would keep the same home kit for two seasons, it was definitely lighter on the bank account.  It’s hard to pick one, but I’d rank 1a) ’06-08 home 1b) ’08-10 home 1c) ’12-13 home

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? Install safe standing in the KOP.  Obviously I’d have to change the premier league ruling, but that is when the KOP was in its absolute pomp, and I would like to see it return.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Twitter.  Generally the Mersey based journos like Tony Barret and James Pearce, and then local Liverpool season ticket holders whom I’ve weeded out to be reliable.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?Assuming I’ve caught my breath and gathered my bearings, I’d want to celebrate with fellow reds.  There’s no better place to do that than Union Jack here in Indy.

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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? Can I cop out and say all of them? Lazar Markovic will be exciting to see blossom into a world beater, Super Mario will be a can’t miss watch every weekend, I’m interested to see Adam Lallana perform on a bigger stage in a system that suits him, Alberto Moreno will hopefully be the fullback we’ve been missing since Riise, and Emre Can learning how to boss the midfield.

Favorite LFC Goal? There’s so many. For nostalgic reasons in terms of giving me belief I’d say Benayoun winner against Fulham in ’09 and Coutinho winner against City last season.  Out of pure awe and amazement I’d say Gerrard’s volley against Middlesboro, Torres’ volley against Blackburn, and Suarez’s volley from 45 yds against Norwich.

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Have you ever seen LFC play in person? YES. I’m fortunate to say I’ve seen them play in person 3 times, twice at Anfield, and once this summer in Chicago.  I went to the game against City on Apr 11, 2011, sat in the Anfield road end as LFC triumphed 3-0.  Things of note from that contest: Andy Carroll scored his first 2 goals for LFC that day, Jon Flanagan made his debut, and Mario Balotelli came on for an injured Carlos Tevez in the first half, and was subsequently substituted in the 65th ish min.  My other game at Anfield was last October against Palace, where Suarez made his home return after suspension, scored while on the ground after slipping over.  Sturridge scored a beaut and a Stevie pen capped off the scoring for LFC as they won 3-1.  It’s obviously an experience that every LFC fan should have, and I plan to be back soon.  Next goals will be to try and go to a derby or champions league match, and/or sit in the KOP.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I’m a massive IU basketball fan, and a big fan of the Pacers as well.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Sun King Osiris is my favorite local beer.  During the match I’ll generally switch things up.

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What makes you most proud to support LFC? Generally an LFC fan is knowledgeable about the sport and team’s history, passionate, and friendly, and those are the type of people you like to keep company with.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Having some place to watch the matches, other than by myself on my couch, in the rain, snow, or shine, in Union Jack always being accommodating.

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LFC are back in action Saturday 12:30pm kickoff. Your Redmen will be looking to hopefully start a little quicker and open up the scoring a little faster than the last couple of matches.
On the injury front LFC’s depth is getting tested some. Sturridge is out until next week. Joe Allen could be out anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. Can is still out for about another month. Glen Johnson is out for another week. Young Flanno hurt his knee and will be out a few months now also.  One bit of good news is Martin Skrtel rejoined training this week.
Will be interesting to see how LFC lineup Saturday. 4-3-3/4-4-2 diamond? Who will get the start up front with Balotelli. Lots of suggestions have been thrown out there but just need to trust in BR that he will pick the best squad for the situation.

We’ve got another perfect kickoff time this week with a lunch time start. Make sure to get out to Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub for the match. Get some lunch, drink some tasty beer, watch some Poetry in Motion.

You might have seen but LFC emailed us this week to let us know that our paperwork to become an Official Supporters Club as been received by the team and they will be reviewing it next month in October. So that is another positive step in our goal of becoming Official. Giant Thank you to everyone who has helped us to grow so rapidly in such a short amount of time. To give you an idea of how fast we have grown and how large we have grown, The first ever LFC Indy tweet was sent out this week 1 year ago. We now have one of the highest twitter followings of any USA LFC supporters club and we doubled the minimum goal for LFC memberships for a Supporters club. Great job, give yourself a pat on the back and buy yourself a pint for helping to spread the word and love of this historic and massive team.

YNWA

-Nile-

Red Tardis. European Nights are Back!

Hi there Indy Reds! Going to try out a new series to have here on the site: The Red Tardis
(Title could change, this is the best I could come up with, plus look at that picture below, it is pretty sweet)

This comes from one of our Indy Reds who has been featured on the Fan Focus: Bryan Smith. I’ll let him take it away and explain a little of what this series will be. I’m a big fan of it and I think you Indy Reds will love it too.

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A big thank you to Nile for allowing me to post on the LFC Indy blog. The idea is this – a regular look at the past and present of the club we all love, but with a twist. One can find thousands of clips of famous goals, iconic images, or articles about a club as rich in history as Liverpool, but I want to go deeper than that, and have a little fun celebrating what it’s like to be an Indy Red. So where to begin?

No idea for exploring this magnificent football club could begin anywhere but in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ataturk Stadium, Champions League Final, 2005. Thousands of pieces of media about this match exist, but this one is unique. A fan was shooting video from his seat in the Liverpool end for what must have been the entire match. He or she (I believe it to be a he – the guy turns the camera onto himself and screams after Xabi Alonzo’s famous equalizer) edits together all the good bits and puts YOU and I into his seat in the Liverpool end that night. So then… “Istanbul – A New Perspective”.

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The video is shot in about 200p (if there is such a thing) and is far from High Definition, but the passion shown by the supporters in the Liverpool end on this vid cannot be measured with words or numbers, you just have to climb into this guy’s seat for a few minutes and watch.

I’ll give him credit, our videographer includes a shot of the AC Milan tifo and a vid of their second goal, a simple right footed shot from inside the box by Hernan Crespo. The roar from the AC Milan end is quite something, but so was an unexpected , early 2-0 lead in a European Cup Final most pundits expected to be a low scoring affair. Then the unimaginable happens… the most remarkable 6 minutes of football ever played by a Liverpool side. Ask yourself this, would you have had your camera on, shooting video, down 3-0? Incredibly, our guy was rolling, and I love it. Up next is our first goal, a highly underrated, long distance, inch perfect header by Stevie G. The celebrations are of the “whew! We got one at least we can go home with that” variety and who can blame them. When Smicer’s shot found the corner two minutes later to make it 3-2, the travelling Kop explodes in delight drenching with the visual equivalent of “we can fucking do this!!!” The simultaneous joy and disbelief when Gerrard earns the penalty and Xabi Alonzo roofs the rebound of the missed PK just a couple of minutes later is memorable too, but I love the reaction to the second goal. Perhaps that is what supporting Liverpool is often about, not the destination or final result, but the way this team makes you feel during the journey, be it 45 minutes or an entire season. It’s an unbelievable scoreboard 3-3 in the 68th minute and a small piece of one of the greatest YNWA’s in history is heard. Jerzy Dudek then saves a Shevchenko penalty shootout effort to secure the cup for Liverpool, and everyone goes absolutely mental. No other video that I have ever seen captures so many moments of this match in this way, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. I’ll be back someday soon with more, until then, Walk On…     Bryan @BryanSTL

 

Pretty awesome right?! Very cool to see what it was like on that magical night in the crowd with fellow Reds. If you enjoyed this post Bryan has a few more that we will be posting. Comment on what you think.

 

As you know LFC for the 1st time in 5 years is back in the Champions League and wow what a night it was!
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Your Redmen couldn’t seem to find the net in the 1st half v scrappy little Ludogrets.
Then in the 2nd half Mario Magnifico finally put the Reds in front in the 82nd minute. He did an great job of fighting off two defenders in the box to punch it past the keeper.
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But this wouldn’t be a LFC match without some drama though right? Ludogrets would come back to score as the clock hit 90:00. Everyone I’m sure was shocked and not to pleased that we would be drawing v this tiny Bulgarian team that has only existed since 2001.
As we rolled into stoppage time new signing Javi Manquillo put some pressure on Ludogrets GK who missed played a ball back to him and ended up fouling Manquillo in the box for a Penalty in the dying seconds of the match. Up stepped who else: The One, The Only, Your Captain Fantastic, Stevie G.
…And you know what happens when #8 steps up to the penalty spot.
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Stevie G comes up with another game winner/heroics. We truly are extremely lucky to be living during a time when we are able to see this guy play.
Well for sure a nerve wrecking night for our 1st European Night in a while. Looked like we missed Sturridge some. But hey it is a win and glad they came back in the dying seconds to get the W.
Nope no recap of the Villa match. It wasn’t pleasant to watch, played terrible didn’t get the win. Still early in the season so still gelling together and new faces still adopting the BR philosophy.

Thanks to all of the Indy Reds who came out to Union Jack over the weekend and yesterday for the Match. It was also good to see a lot of you at the Indy Eleven match.
Another late start this weekend for your Redmen 12:30pm again. Make sure to go hit up Indy Anfield Union Jack and get some tasty beer and tasty lunch before or after the Match while you are there.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus-Lady In Red. Action Packed Saturday

Finally the International Break is over and we can get back into the Premier League season! To celebrate this action packed weekend here in our great city it’s another edition of our Indy Red Fan Focus. Up this week we have another of our female Indy Reds(yes the Liverpool love here in Indy is not just a boys club)

 

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Name: Ryutaro (Tomi) Makaneole
Twitter: @tominomigotchi

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? In Junior High, I had to write a paper on a Socialist. I asked my stepbrother if he had any ideas on who I could write my essay about. As a huge music lover he told me to check out Bill Shankly, “from the land of the Beatles!” So I did… I mean, you kind of can’t go wrong with the Beatles. For two weeks I learned everything I could about that man. Passed my essay and class and still could not stop reading about Shankly. I was without a doubt hooked on him. Which made me (A huge West Ham fan at the time) take an interest in the team that he had supported and loved. Took a step back from the Hammers and realized that Liverpool was for me. Proud Red ever since. They were more than just a team, they were a family and included it’s fans in this big family as well.

First LFC memory? Growing up a West Ham fan, I had watched a few LFC matches when they were against WHU. Before making the big switch, I always thought LFC had the greatest song. As I began to get more involved with LFC, the song started to have more meaning and to this day, You’ll Never Walk Alone still gives me chills. But I’ll never forget the first time it happened. As far as first LFC memory during a match… When Michael Owen scored his 100th goal with LFC vs WHU. I was 13 and blown away. I was happy for him as a key player but also happy for Liverpool as a whole.

Favorite LFC memory? Of course, ISTANBUL.!! But watching them return to Liverpool and the response from the fans was overwhelming. Imagine being there, with over 700k fellow Reds. Even from Indiana, you could feel the love and it was beautiful!! Hands down, my favorite LFC memory.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Always a pre-match FaceTime session or phone call with my footy partners in crime across the pond. My phone will be going off for hours before the match “You awake? WAKE UP! It’s match day!” Granted they are already drunk. We talk about how we think it will play out, what we are drinking, if we are going anywhere to watch it, etc. Other than that, You will never see me with my nails representing anything but LFC throughout the season. Such a girl answer, whatever. Lol.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was a junior in high school. No cool story about watching them win and getting tanked. More along the lines of last minute studying for finals, calling my stepbrother between classes, and wishing the day would go by fast.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Gerrard and Sturridge. Stevie G.! Because, well… He is literally a legend. His passion for the sport and club makes me proud to call myself a Red, and proud to call him my badass Scouse Captain. Studge.! He is just amazing. He and Suarez as a pair were fierce and unmatched. Now with Suarez being gone, I feel we will truly be able to see him rise and I am especially excited to watch him this season.! He never lets me down and always makes for a good match. Plus, his dance is tops. Lol.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. To be able to be in his presence and hear his story out of his mouth would be such an amazing moment. I’m not entirely sure what I would ask him, as I would be in awe at everything he had to say. Of course I would thank him for being such an influential figure in LFC history and give him praise on his life and all he had done. As far as the course of the conversation goes, totally go with the flow and just listen to him. See what advice he had to offer and just take in those few hours with him and truly listen to everything he had to say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I’m a huge fan of last seasons kit, it was just clean and sleek looking. The Liverbird on the chest and the gold looks really good on the red. The bright white on the collar and sleeves makes it stand out even more. I wouldn’t mind if they extended using the same design a bit.! My favorite kit ever, 2008 home kit. I love ADIDAS. So the ADIDAS logo on the middle as well as the triple stripes were great to look at. The full color Liverpool crest on the chest made it a definite win/win.! I would love for them to put the full crest back on the kits and would also love to see that ADIDAS logo again. Just sayin…

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? If I were Liverpool owner for 1 day, I would make it easier for fans outside of UK to make it to a home match. Possibly have a series of contests allowing a few winners from supporting countries the chance to win a home ticket including airfare and the opportunity to meet the players. It would end up being a bit costly, but I think that would be great for the loyal fans from other countries.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Before joining Twitter, I got the bulk of my LFC news from the LFC site, Friends in England, as well as a Liverpool News app. Having Twitter, it seems to come from all over the place now. Constant updates from fellow reds, official accounts of the players, LFC Indy is the reason I joined on twitter. Two thumbs up. 🙂

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area ?Get on Twitter and figure out where everyone was going, to meet up with my fellow Indy Reds! Celebrate properly, surrounded by awesome people who have the same passion for the same great club. Call off work if we got to, we just won the league. 🙂

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? I’m looking forward to watching Sterling, of course. He’s such a valuable member of the team and has a lot to offer. Also just fascinating to watch.

Favorite LFC Goal? Gerrard’s 90th min goal against WHU in the FA cup leading up to the win. Such a great match as a fan of both clubs.!

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I’ve never been to an LFC match. I don’t think I will go to an LFC match anywhere until I see them at Anfield first. I’m a stubborn person and although I know they will be amazing anywhere, I am set on my first time being at Anfield. I just know that there would be no other way to experience it first hand than to be at home.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  Pretty busy with my two awesome kids, but I’m an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia and pandas. I love reading and learning about different cultures. WWII History obsessed. I also enjoy helping out with charities when I can. Always a good feeling to pay it forward.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Favorite local beer would have to be Oaken Barrel’s Snakepit, Brewed in Greenwood. I love a good porter and it’s my favorite locally brewed. I am also a fan of their Indiana Amber, for those who enjoy Amber Ale.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? I am proud to be a Red because when you meet a fellow Red, you are automatically like family. Being able to have that in common with people is a great feeling. You just pick up like you’ve been friends for years. As a whole, we are a welcoming, friendly, diehard group of fans who share the same respect and love.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Being able to build friendships with others nearby who share the same love for LFC as you.

Thanks Tomi, always fun to post these each week and learn about our Indy Reds.

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Your RedMen are back in action this weekend, Saturday 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa. Should a pretty good match. The Villains have given us some trouble the last two times out at Anfield.
Here is Brendan Rodgers Pre-match press conference.

LFC have been hit with the injury bug of late. Out this week will be Sturridge(2-3 more weeks) Skrtel, Flanno, Can(up to 6 weeks) Johnson.

Good news…Lallana is fit to play and it looks like Hendo is a go too.
We also have a much deeper team and bench then we’ve had in previous years. Luckily we also have a little “softer” schedule over these next few weeks.
Will be good to see players like Lallana, Markovic, Lambert, Borini come into the squad and step up.

Get out to Union Jack Pub! Should be packed. If you’ve never been to Indy Anfield this is the perfect time to come out. Great kickoff time to go and get some lunch either before or after the match. Get some good food and beer in before you head down to the Indy Eleven match that evening.
Speaking of Indy Eleven looks like we are going to have quite a few Indy Reds there. Who is up for a tailgate meet up before the match? Yes we probably just got done seeing the majority of you at UJ’s but Come on out to the tailgate and say Hi to everyone and drink some good beer to get those vocal chords warmed up to cheer on your Indy XI.
Look forward to seeing Union Jacks packed on Saturday & meeting more of our Indy Reds.
YNWA
-Nile-

Fan Focus/International Break

Welcome back Indy Reds. Since LFC and the EPL are on International Break here is a new Indy Red Fan Focus to hold you over until the match next Saturday v Villa. Up this week is Zach, I’m sure you have seen him out at the Indy Eleven matches and on twitter.

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Name: Zach Shorter

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?  Played with them on old console gaming systems and stuck with them.  Truly found my love for the club when I studied abroad in London, England in 2006; right before they won the FA Cup.  Liverpudlians cannot be matched when it comes to passion and love for their club.

First LFC memory?  My first true memory came when I watched the FA Cup win in 2001 when Owen scored twice to help LFC in their comeback win.

Favorite LFC memory?  Easy, Instanbul.  However, to change it up a bit, Gerrard’s beautiful, curling, last-minute winner against Villa in 2007 really has stuck with me.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?  I used to eat an entire box of twinkies before each match (which I have a pretty good record with) but my health suffers greatly when I do, so I’m currently looking for another.  I always wear the same shirt as the players do for each match.

Where were you during Istanbul?  I was in a lounge at college watching with a small group of other friends.

Favorite Current Player and Why?  Gerrard is my football hero.  He is the definition of legend and leader.  His loyalty to the club and passion for the game is unmatched.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?  Without question, Steven Gerrard.  Everyone wants to meet their hero.

Favorite LFC kit ever? I would have to say the 2008/09 home kit.  Just had a clean look about it that screamed champion.  We were close that year!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?  This is a tough question.  From a business stand point, the right people are in place to manage the club so I wouldn’t make any changes there.  This is a weird, off-the-wall “want” but hey if I can make it happen, awesome.   I would attach a building next to Anfield via a skybridge with luxury condos.  I always thought that would be really cool to fulfill the dream for those who want to “live” at Anfield.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?  Twitter, LFC website, and ESPN

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LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?  I’m going where the party’s at.  Indy Anfield, Union Jack Pub.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?  I’m really looking forward to seeing how Henderson and Sterling progress this year.  They both grew leaps and bounds last season and I can’t wait to see how it continues.

Favorite LFC Goal?  It’s between the Gerrard winner against Villa and Gerrard’s goal to get things going in Instanbul.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?  Saw them for the first time in Chicago in July.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I love the Pacers.  I “grew up” spending lots of time at Market Square Arena and what was then Conseco Fieldhouse.  My dad worked for the Pacers and so I would spend many days during the summers or when I times when I was sick there with him.  I also love weather and astronomy.  I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to that.  I also mix trance music on rare occasion.  Not the best by any means but I have fun!

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?  Sun King’s Wee Mac

What makes you most proud to support LFC?  There is no other “fanbase” as loving of their club as LFC supporters are.  The passion, the “we will never quit” attitude of the players.  I’m always proud to wear my red shirt.

Best thing about being  an Indy Red? Thankful we finally are getting this official!!

 

Thanks Zach!

Well after that 3-0 thrashing we have Spurs it is an early season International Break.
The big news is Daniel Sturridge picked up a thigh injury in training. Looks like he could be out for a couple weeks. Major bummer, but now is the time for Lambert/Borini/Markovic/Coutinho to step it up and help out on the score sheet.

Even though the transfer window is over(what a window it was, very successful window) LFC are closing in on completing the signing of free transfer of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

Hopefully this week goes quick, look forward to seeing Union Jack Pub filled up for the 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa on Saturday.

Thoughts on this simple T-shirt idea?

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Would be about $10 a shirt. Could do either just the front or have the front and the back.
Willing to pre-order/pre-pay for them? If you have any design ideas get on Customink.com and post them to the twitter or Facebook page.

-YNWA-

Nile

 

 

Fan Focus and UCL Draw

Time to kick off another action packed weekend with a new Indy Red Fan Focus. In honor of most Universities & Colleges starting here recently we will feature one of our Indy Reds who is heading off to school.  He is pretty active on Twitter & you can even see some of his writing on some LFC fan sites too.

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Name: Cody Taylor
How did you pick Liverpool as your team? When I first fell in love with soccer, I vowed to not become a fan of a specific team. I found no point in following a team from across the world. But, that came to an end very quickly when I travelled to Baltimore with my friend to watch Liverpool play Spurs. To be honest, I think the thing that attracted me to Liverpool Football Club was the fans before anything. I then very quickly and obviously fell in love with the history and players. I also was attracted to the fact that the team was somewhat of an underdog team, and not a high spending rich Manchester City esque team.
First LFC memory? My first LFC memory would probably be winning the League Cup in 11/12. This was around the time when I started watching Liverpool.
Favorite LFC memory? Because I haven’t been a fan for the longest time, I have a pretty short history with the club. With that being said, my favorite memory has to be our run in the league last campaign. Coming so close to a title when you are written off by everyone is something that truly feels magical.
Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? I always spend the night at my best friends house, and wake up early to watch the game with him and another friend. He was much like I was. He was a fan of the sport. It did not take him long to fall in love with the club. He even travelled to Chicago this year with me for the ICC match.
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Where were you during Istanbul? Well I had just turned 10, so I would presume I was riding around on a new bike I got for my birthday.
Favorite Current Player and Why? Raheem Sterling. Sterling in my opinion has it all; pace, touch, finesse, good decision making, and he’s tough. Add those attributes to the fact that he is my age makes him one of footballs most exciting players.
If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I think it would have to be Bill Shankly. I have read many books about Shankly and I am always taken back by how hospitable he was. He would openly invite fans into his home for coffee and a nice chat. He was a man of character and can be a role model for generations of Liverpool fans and Soccer fans alike.
Favorite LFC kit ever? The year I was born!! I really like the 1995/96 away kits. With that being said, any of the classic red kits are just as high up there on the list. Seeing the iconic red kits makes me happy every time!
You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I grant members of LFCIndy full access to anything in the team. Basically we would have the same privileges as someone who was best friends with our owners.
Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? All on twitter and Google News.
LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Well since I’m not 21 the Union Jacks situation can get tricky with times, but I’d have to say a dinner at my home with my family and friends who all follow LFC.
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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Emre Can. In my opinion Emre is a modern day defensive minded box to box midfielder who likes to get forward. He reminds me of an un-polished young Yaya Toure. This type of player is almost a necessity in the modern game and Liverpool will love his physical presence in the middle of the field.
Favorite LFC Goal?
Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I have been lucky enough to see Liverpool play twice. I saw them in their two most recent USA summer tours. I saw them play Spurs in Baltimore and Olympiacos. I was also lucky enough to have seen them train at Melwood this summer.
What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I am a pretty big Pacer fan, but honestly nothing matters to me besides Liverpool.
Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Well the only Beer I can legally have is while in Liverpool, so no Indy area places work for me. I did have a really good pear beer while in Liverpool One this summer though.
What makes you most proud to support LFC? I have so many things running through my head, I do not even know what to say. I truly find it hard to answer this question because of how many reasons I love this club. The fans, the players, the staff, the history, the values, what is there that this clubs doesn’t have to offer?
Best thing about being an Indy Red? I am a Hoosier, and a Red, what combination is better than that?
Thanks Cody!
LFC News:
As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Thursday was the Champions League Draw. Liverpool made out pretty good in the draw.
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LFC, Real Madrid, FC Basel & Ludogorets came up in group B.
Obviously the big time match is going to be LFC v Real. Should be some incredible scenes at Anfield and The Bernabeau. Quick history lesson LFC are 3-0 all time v Real Madrid. One of those wins was to win the European Cup and the most recent win was a 4-0 drubbing of them at Anfield.
LFC should feel confident about getting out of this group and gaining some big confidence heading into the knockout stages.
Here is the dates for the matches. You’ve heard of big time European Nights, get ready for Big Time European Afternoons at Union Jack!!
09/16 LFC v Ludogorets
10/01 FC Basel v LFC
10/22 LFC v Real Madrid *****
11/04 Real Madrid v LFC *****
11/26 Ludogorets v LFC
12/09 LFC v FC Basel
It is great to have Champions League action back!!
Not going to review the City match, you all watched it. It wasn’t pleasant. Only second match of the year and without Lallana & Mario v defending champs. It will all be ok.
This Sunday we take on Spurs away. 8:30am Kickoff.
Indy Eleven play Saturday night so keep that energy & excitement going for the next morning and get out to Union Jack Pub for the match. Get those 3 points.
Should see new signing Balotelli in action this weekend. Possibly Lallana too. Lazar was fun to watch v City when he came off the bench.
Have a great weekend Indy Reds.
-YNWA-
Nile

Fan Focus

Time for another round of our Indy Red Fan Focus. This series has been extremely popular so far which is great to see. It has been very fun to do. Look forward to posting these each week.
Up today is one of my most favorite Indy Reds to sit down and have a beer and a chat with. This guy knows his beer & his soccer. You will see him out at the Indy Eleven matches & at UJ’s & Chatham during LFC & USA matches & he is always posting some nice little nuggets on Social Media.

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Name: Jim Dimitri

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? I did what some other American fans new to the Premier League do when they’re searching for a team: I chose Liverpool because they had an American player. This was back in 1998, when the only way to watch Premiership matches in Indy was to tune in to the local Fox Sports affiliate, which showed a weekly Premier League highlights program every Sunday night. At the time, I’d been a soccer fan for four years after getting addicted to the sport during the 1994 World Cup. I’d met Brad Friedel during that World Cup at a reception in Detroit for the USA team after the team’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland at the Pontiac Silverdome (this must have been not long after USA coach Bora Milutinovic exhorted the team to “Size the Day”—There’s an inside joke for all you Men in Blazers fans). At that World Cup, Brad was the USA’s number two ‘keeper behind Tony Meola.

Anyway, I was already watching MLS in ’98 but wanted to pick a Premiership team as well. So I knew that Brad was a Liverpool goalkeeper and I said, “Boom, there’s my team,” even though Brad didn’t play for the club much. Yes, it was an arbitrary decision, made in full ignorance of LFC’s illustrious history, but there I was, a newly-minted Liverpool fan. Making LFC my team was made sweeter when I later learned about the club’s history and when I saw that the club had Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler booting in goals.

First LFC memory? I don’t know that this is my first memory, but it’s the first important memory: the first time I watched Liverpool with another Liverpool fan. I am fortunate to still call that fan my friend almost 14 years after that meeting. The friend in question is fellow Indy Red Bryan Smith. Bryan and I were regulars on the BigSoccer.com forums and met each other on that website. This would have been in 2000 if I remember correctly. When we discovered that we were both Liverpool fans, we arranged to meet at the Fox and Hound in Castleton to watch a LFC match. I think it was a UEFA Cup (now called the Europa League) match against Olympiakos or something like that—you’ll have to check with Bryan because he has the better memory. I do remember it was a weekday afternoon match. So we both showed up wearing the same shirt—the home kit shirt for that season—which was kind of weird at the time. Think about it—two guys wearing the same foreign sports team shirt showing up in a nearly-empty pub at 2:30 in the afternoon at a time when few Americans cared about the Premier League. It wouldn’t be weird now, but we kind of chuckled about it back then. We were happy that not many other people were there because of the funny looks we might have gotten. Anyway, LFC won, and each of us had made a new friend. That was a good day. We’ve watched many a match together since then, including USA, Chicago Fire, and Indy Eleven matches.

Favorite LFC memory? The 2005 Champions League Final. No question.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? I’m not a superstitious person, so no.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was with Bryan at Rob n’ Jay’s Chippy (RIP), which used to be at 52nd and College where the restaurant E+D is now, next to the Red Key Tavern. The Chippy was a fish-and-chips shop owned by a down-to-earth Manc named Jason Kersh. He’s a Man U fan, but we don’t hold that against him because he used to serve delicious fish and chips (with curry sauce—and a side of mushy peas!), and in 2005 provided one of the only venues in town to watch European football on a regular basis. So there Bryan and I were downing Guinness and Strongbow Cider to drown our sorrows after going down 3-0 to AC Milan before the half. I will never forget that as we sat there at halftime, Bryan looked at me and said, “We’re going to come back.” I laughed because I’m cynical. But as history has shown, Bryan was right. And I’m a happy man for that. So the lesson there—listen to Bryan Smith when he says your team is going to win because he’s right.

Favorite Current Player and Why? A lot of people will say Stevie G, but for me, it’s Jordan Henderson. I think he’s the most well-rounded player the club has. He reminds me a bit of Xabi Alonso but perhaps isn’t as strong in the tackle as Xabi was when he was a Liverpool player (Hendo will get there, though). Any player who is like Xabi is a player I’m going to love because Xabi is my all-time favorite Liverpool player. And I think Hendo is going to blossom into a fantastic player. Did you see the pass he delivered to Sterling for Raheem’s goal against Southampton last Sunday? That’s what I’m talking about.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever, who it would it be & why? Because I don’t know as much about him as I would like to know, Bob Paisley.

Favorite LFC kit ever? The primary Champions League kit the team wore when they returned to the Champions League in the early ‘00s after a long absence. All red of course, with a white v-neck collar and a gold crest and lettering. Very simple, very classic.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day. What do you do? As of now, help Brendan Rodgers buy another striker, but only if the value and quality of the player are there and the player is a good fit for the club. Could probably use another defender or two as well. Otherwise, I would counsel patience and reiterate the following: In BR We Trust!

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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Mostly Twitter—Liverpool Offside, This is Anfield, Men in Blazers, and of course LFC’s official Twitter feed and @LFCIndy. I also love @MostarLFC, which posts videos of goals almost immediately after they happen. Very handy whenever I can’t watch the matches live. And by the way, if you’re not following @usasoccerguy on Premier League match days, you’re missing out on one of the best parody accounts on Twitter. Picture the most clueless American soccer fan and you have @usasoccerguy, who refers to LFC as the “Liver Ducks,” Luis Suarez as “Swearez” and “the Soccer Beaver,” Martin Skrtel as “Martin Shirtpull,” Merseyside as “Mercyside,” and Anfield as “Anfield Arena.”

LFC have just won the league. Where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? First, to the Union Jack for pints with my fellow Indy Reds. Then to La Margarita in Fountain Square, which has the best little tap list in the city. Plus, owner Jon Rangel is a big soccer fan, though he’s a Mexico supporter (We forgive you, Jon). Then on to Black Acre Brewing Company in Irvington for a nightcap.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? Emre Can. I think he’s going to be a great player (Can you see that I have an affinity for central midfielders?).

Favorite LFC Goal? Hard to pick. I’ll have to go with two from my man Xabi Alonso. He once scored a goal from just behind the center circle against Newcastle. And then there’s his goal to tie up the match during the 2005 Champions League Final. That was a clinical display of why you always follow up a penalty kick just in case you miss and have a chance at the rebound.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? Alas, no. But I’m going to Anfield to watch a match one day. No doubt about it.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I used to watch more baseball, basketball, and NFL games, but I just don’t have the time to do that anymore. So soccer is my only true sporting love now. There’s so much soccer to watch, with international matches, the Premiership, MLS, and now Indy Eleven. Really an embarrassment of riches. I’m also big into craft beer—I write for the blog Hoosier Beer Geek, though I’m currently taking a break from the beer-blogging gig.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Good segue! So hard to choose. If I’m at home watching a match, I’d have to go with anything from Black Acre, fresh from a growler I brought home from the brewery the night before—probably a growler of their Ol’ Fritz Berliner Weisse. And if I’m at the Union Jack, I’d go with a Scarlet Lane Dorian Stout. Scarlet Lane’s head brewer, Chris Knott, is a big soccer fan. He’s a Bayern Munich guy.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? The other Liverpool fans I’ve met. They are wonderful people and always super-knowledgeable and passionate about the club. I am always impressed by how much LFC fans know about the club and its history.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? The camaraderie. Getting together with the rest of the Indy Reds for matches is always fun.

 

Thank you Jim!

Now onto some LFC news:

Biggest Story obviously is the giant news that LFC have agreed to sign Forward Mario Balotelli for 16million from AC Milan. Super Mario is obviously a polarizing figure but this is an incredible bit of business by LFC. Balotelli is only 24, so he is still young & can continue to improve & grow. As for his attitude problems that he can have sometime, Rodgers and Dr Steve Peters will sort that out. Rodgers knows how to get the best out of his players. Suarez only had 21 goals in his first 2 seasons at LFC, in the 2 years following with Rodgers he had 61. BR can help make a player World Class.
If everything gets signed by Noon today Mario would be eligible to play Monday v his old team City.
Moreno should be good to go and hopefully will be in the starting lineup on Monday.

Exciting times at Liverpool. Lots of very fun players to watch. Great time to be a fan.

-YNWA-
Nile

Weekend Recap

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Wow talk about a great way to kick off the season! Above you’ll see a picture of most of the Indy Reds who came out to Union Jack Pub for the 1st match of the year. Was great to see some familiar faces & lots of new faces & meet a lot of you Indy Reds.  There was some great energy in the pub & great beer on tap & even though the play on the pitch wasn’t the prettiest at times we still came up with the 3pts. 2-1 win Goals from Sterling  & Sturridge. The Henderson pass to Sterling for the 1st goal was a beauty! Take A Look! New signings Lovren & Manquillo started while Rickie Lambert came of the bench. One surprise was not seeing new signing Emre Can get the start or get subbed on. Should see him & new signing Alberto Moreno next week v City.
After the match the festivities continued as our chairman Nile accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was issued by Indy Spurs.
LFC Indy ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: http://youtu.be/axfhe0_IHsM

Here is an action shot of the water coming out of the buckets. Great job catching that shot Jim!

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Overall it was a great morning & great way to kick off the season. Very happy with the crowd that showed up. Hope to see that amount & more each week.

As you may have seen online we did submit the paperwork to LFC to become an Official Supporters Club. We blew away the numbers we we’re expecting to get. Great job. LFC reviews new applications in October. Should hear of we are approved around the start of the year it is sounding like.
If you haven’t yet got your LFC membership don’t fret you still can. Please get that membership number sent to us so we can add you to the overall list. If you are one of the Indy Reds who has an LFC membership you will get first chance to pre order the Supporters club scarves we will get this year. They will sell out. Still deciding on the amount we will order 50/75/100. Since they will be the inaugural scarf they will be a little more limited & a hot item. They will be $20. Part of that amount will be used to donate to either a charity or community organization or youth sports team.  Once pre order time opens up we will have a PayPal account set up to pay for them before we order.

The long wait till next Monday starts. Never fun to play then, seems like forever between match weeks. Remember UJ’S is the place to be on each match day. If you ever see someone out on town with LFC gear on remind them or if you see on any social media outlets remember to steer people there. Thank you so much for helping us grow so fast & organize over this last year. It is very impressive what we’ve done in such a short amount of time and the size of our city. You should be proud.  Look forward to seeing everyone at the matches this year.

Final thoughts: Would be fun to get maybe a Go Pro camera or something like that at a match this year to record the excitement after a goal at UJ’S. That place erupts. So if anyone has one of those comment below or get in contact with us.
Also we need to set up a get together non LFC/UJ’S related. Maybe another tailgate at Indy Eleven match or big BBQ/fire with some beer tasting. Any ideas?  Comment below.
We also had a request for a Facebook group that would be separate from the Facebook page that would allow more of an ease for you Indy Reds to post things to for discussion/events/comments etc.

I hope this post turns out ok. I did it from my phone (We’ll see how smart you are smart phone)

-YNWA-
Nile

Start of the Year Preview.

One of our Indy Reds William Sloane did a start of the year preview for the site, thank you sir.

Dreams and expectations. Last season saw Liverpool Football Club and manager Brendan Rodgers bring back the feel good factor on Merseyside, and were just points away from a first Premier League title in 24 years. On the back of the season Liverpool would enter the summer with an eye already on this campaign, albeit now they will enter without talisman Luis Suarez.

Liverpool’s No.7 departed for Spanish giants Barcelona, and while losing such a superstar would likely cripple camps elsewhere, the comradery and mood around Melwood seems to be at an all-time high. Rodgers wasted no time bringing in new faces, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana kicked off a raid on Southampton, and later Dejan Lovren arrived to shore up the back line. Emre Can arrived in the midfield and Lazar Markovic flew in to Liverpool’s wing. Divock Origi signed as one for the future and will arrive next summer after his season long loan with Lille, and Spaniards Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno arrived to help solve Liverpool’s problematic right and left back problems.

While there may yet be more movement in and out of Anfield, all eyes now are on Southampton at Anfield this Sunday, where a new-look Red’s will take to the pitch and hope to pick up where they left off last season; passing, moving, scoring.

With Southampton suffering a raid at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, the Saints will be desperate to prove there is life left in the club. Having won at Anfield last season they will be looking to repeat the feat on Sunday. Rodgers made Anfield a fortress last season with his ‘hot-out-the-gates’ tactics and will likely look to do so again. Markovic and Lallana are unlikely to make the starting XI due to injuries, but could make the squad after featuring in training Thursday morning.

If last weekend’s 4-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund is anything to go buy, the Reds will not be changing their all-out attacking style anytime soon. Southampton will have their hands full but cannot be looked over with a trip to Premier League Champions Manchester City looming next weekend.

 

Last season we were made to dream. There are plenty of expectations this season, many of which Brendan Rodgers has addressed are necessary to be deemed a successful season. European football will return to Anfield this fall, Reds fans want deep cup runs, and the fight for the top four will be as fierce as ever.

With Rodgers the mentality is one game at a time, and it all kick off at Anfield this Sunday.  Liverpool will certainly go again this season, and ultimately, look to go one better.

Thank you Mr. Sloane.
Remember to get out to Union Jack Pub on Sunday 8:30am Kickoff. Should be a really good crowd there, good beer, good brunch, beautiful soccer to watch.

That is another hit from our good friend Lou who keeps pumping out some awesome designs. Here is another cool poster/shirt idea. Plus a version of the potential scarf.

Excited to get the season started, should be a really fun year. Look forward to seeing everyone out at Union Jack’s on Sunday & through out the year. Don’t be afraid to come up an introduce yourself to your fellow Indy Reds, and to make the venture out to UJ’s if you’ve never been there before.

-YNWA-

Nile

Indy Red Fan Focus Part 2

As promised here is the 2nd of our two Indy Red Fan Focus features this week to kick off the season. Up now is a guy who I have known for a while & I’m sure you’ve seen him out at Union Jack for the matches.
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Name: Rustin Kratz

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? My first club traveling soccer team coach was from Liverpool. I was nine years old. My mother made me lie about my age to make the team because it was U12. I made the team

First LFC memory? My brother studied abroad in England for a few years in the early 90s. He asked what he could bring home for me. I replied a red Liverpool kit. He brought it home and I was so excited. The Adidas equipment jersey from the ’91-’92 season

Favorite LFC memory? So many that it’s hard to pick. Especially since TV coverage was so scarce until the recent years. So I’ll just say when I hear YNWA before every Anfield match I tingle a little bit

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Kit and scarf a must, and of course a few pints no matter what time of day

Where were you during Istanbul? I was home with my two year old daughter. Very emotional

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Favorite Current Player and Why? Joe Allen, just kidding. Of course it’s the skippa! He represents everything Liverpool. On and off the field he’s a great role model. Father, leads by example, fire, captain. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC!

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Fernando Torres. I would just like to tell him he’s an idiot. Suarez and Torres, what could have been. And to tell him my daughter cried when I told her he left. It was her first lesson to her little innocent mind that there’s no loyalty in sport

Favorite LFC kit ever? My ’91-’92 Adidas equipment with the Candy sponsorship

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? Nothing as of now, seems we’re in a good place

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Echo or Twitter

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Wherever the Indy Reds are at!!

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? I would say Sterling as a young player but seems he’s a vet now even though he’s only 19! I think it’s his time to really break through and get to the fifteen goal plateau. New player I would say Lovren. I just feel he can command that back four like Carra used too which I think was lost last year. Seemed Gerrard would have to drop back and do it to much

Favorite LFC Goal? Whew another question with too many to choose. In recent memory it has to be Coutinho versus Man City last year. That’s when “Make Us Dream” really kicked in for me. Especially after these dismal recent years

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? Yep in Chicago this year! Planning a Anfield visit in the next few years

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What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? Yankees, University of Michigan, Colts.I golf when I can but it’s hard as I’m a stay at home dad with my six month old. I also really enjoy playing FIFA online with LFC.But my biggest hobby are my two little ladies and watching them grow. I coach my 11 year olds soccer team and have frequently since she was three. She had a game on my wedding day May 11, 2013. Somebody during our rehearsal dinner dared her she couldn’t score seven, she scored 11. The coach on the other team approached me after the game saying I should’ve played her in the back for the second half. But I kept her at the #10 as I always do. I replied “then your team wouldn’t have made it past half field on this day.” He had no response.

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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Diagnosed gluten intolerant two years ago right before the Indy local beer market exploded. So I can’t really elaborate. If I could choose it would be a stout for the early 7:30am matches and the hoppiest IPA for the 11am and later matches

What makes you most proud to support LFC? Tradition. YNWA. Anfield. Respect. Steven Gerrard. Supporters. Love. Passion. Grit

Best thing about being an Indy Red? I’ll never forget starting a new job and I was wearing my kit. From about fifty cubicles away I hear YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE from Nile Smith.
***Editors Note*** This is true I did do this, I was so excited to see another LFC fan at work. Most people would think you are a crazy person but not a fellow Red.
I also try and make it to matches at Union Jack’s when I can. And when I do there might only be a few for those 7:30 matches but there are some, always. Even this past winter when we had that horrible weather I would show up and find a few guys there. I even sat next to guy once that was actually from Liverpool, I think we named him Scouser Jack. He expressed how impressed he was how aware we Americans were about tactics and the game itself. That meant a lot to me.

Thank you Rustin!

On to some LFC News:

As you’ve heard we finally landed Spanish Fullback Alberto Moreno. He should be a great addition to the team & backline. Him & Manquillo on either side with Lovren & either Sakho or Skrtel, is one strong back line. Lil Ol Ian Ayre did a mighty good job so far bringing in the folks that Rodgers wanted.
Kolo Toure has shot down a move to Turkey. He said he wants to stay & fight for his spot. (Someone wants another Winners Medal)
There is now a new Academy Director, Alex Inglethorpe lots of promising Academy Players coming up so hopefully everything works out.
In some very good news to hear LFC have stated that a 2016 USA tour has been “Penciled In” after the great success of this last USA tour. That is wonderful news for us because we will be official by then & never know might get a Midwest stop. Best guess is they will go to Boston first & then hit up the West Coast because they haven’t been out there. Why not stop in Indy to break up the flight & give the Midwest it’s Fix?!

In LFC Indy News:
You guys have done phenomenal this week getting those LFC memberships & getting them to us. We had a massive jump in numbers this past week. We are up to 35 people with LFC memberships. Those folks with LFC memberships will have first access for Pre-Ordering our Inaugural Supporters Club Scarves.   Speaking of Scarves, please get those designs to us so we can start narrowing down the choices & decide on one.

Here is a cool looking Banner that one of our Indy Reds Lou created.
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Season is almost ready to start, make sure you get to Union Jack Pub on Sunday 8:30am kickoff. Bring a friend. Come watch the Poetry In Motion.

-YNWA-

Nile